Before I share my latest entry for the CASology challenge, I would just like to say thank you to them all again for selecting my poppy card as worthy of an honourable mention. It really meant a lot :-)
As all Uniko Studio fans will know, the lovely Bev released another fabulous set of stamps this week. As soon as I saw the sneak peek of the Hummingbird set, I knew I just HAD to have it. It arrived in the post this morning and I wanted to use it straight away - so I did. Since the stamps have a very Art Deco feel to them, I decided to replicate this by using my deco cutter on the corners of the card and keeping the colours to a minimum.
As you may have read, I have become a wee bit too obsessed by shaker cards!! I really didn't set out to make another one, but I began thinking how complicated and yet quite fabulous it would be to make the hummingbird a shaker……so I set to work.
I decided that I wanted to emboss directly on to acetate which I knew was quite tricky to do. I had previously tried stamping and embossing and both were a complete disaster because the ink just smudged and the acetate was too static all over to withstand the embossing powder on the non embossed parts…..but I have found a trick that works. When I was undertaking the Watercolour for Card Makers Class, Jennifer Raza told us that if you didn't have an embossing buddy pad to rub over your card stock pre embossing to remove static, you could use cornstarch just sprinkled over (corn flower to us in the UK) and then wiped of with a baby wipe. I decided to try this with the acetate - I placed a large sprinkling of it in the centre and rubbed it all over the acetate ensuring a thin film of it was covering the whole area. I stamped my image and then covered with gold embossing powder. I was delighted with the result - there were a few patches of stray EP, but i just wiped this off with my finger before heat setting.
Using foam pads on the hummingbird was a NIGHTMARE!!!! But, one technique I did do, was to colour some of the pads with a gold metallic pen before adding to the hummingbird so they would not be so noticeable!! This seemed to work quite well.
Anyway, enough talking - here is the card….
I hadn't originally planned to add sequins outside of the shaker, but at the last minute I got a bit ink on my finger which ended up on the card….ahhhh!!! The sequins therefore hide that nicely!!
As always, Any comments so very much appreciated.
Cardstock - White and Black card stock from Papermill Direct, Acetate from Stationery Express
Inks - Onyx Black Versafine, Gold Papermania EP
Stamps - Paradise Hummingbird & Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum (Sentiment)
Embellishments - Sequins from Hobbycarft
Tools - We R Memory Keepers Art Deco Chomper